Israeli building

Netanyahu to AIPAC: Jerusalem Not a Settlement

Speaks after Secretary of State Clinton describes building in eastern Jerusalem as frustrating "atmosphere of trust"

03/23/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told AIPAC activists that "Jerusalem is not a settlement," and also depicted the Palestinian Authority as not taking steps for peace.

During the comments on Jerusalem, the 8,000 American Israel Public Affairs Committee activists packed into the Washington Convention Center burst into lengthy cheers Monday evening, underscoring how the U.S.-Israel tensions over Israeli building in the eastern part of the city have yet to subside.

Obama's staying in Washington, what will Netanyahu do?

The ongoing U.S.-Israel diplomatic tiff had already made Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Washington visit next week – he'll keynote the AIPAC policy conference here – a little awkward.

Today it got awkwarder (is that a word?) The White House announced that President Barack Obama's once-postponed Indonesia trip is being put off again – this time until June – so he can lobby for his health insurance reform proposal.

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